Assign an ID

You can assign an ID to any block using an attribute list. Once you’ve assigned an ID to a block, you can use that ID to link to it using a cross reference.

Block ID syntax

An ID is assigned to a block by prefixing the ID value with a hash (#) and placing it in the block’s attribute list.

Content of delimited example block

Let’s go through some examples of assigning an ID to a block with several attributes, a title, and delimiters.

Assign an ID to a block with attributes

In this section, we’ll assign an ID to this blockquote:

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
— Dr. Emmett Brown
Back to the Future

When the style attribute is explicitly assigned to a block, the style name is always placed in the first position of the attribute list. Then, the ID is attached directly to the end of the style name.

The blockquote with an assigned style and ID in Example 1 shows this order of attributes.

Example 1. Assign a style and ID to a block
Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Since Example 1 is a blockquote it should have some attribution and citation information. In Example 2, let’s attribute this quote to its speaker and original context using the positional attribution attributes that are built into the quote style.

Example 2. Assign a style, ID, and positional attributes to a block
[quote#roads,Dr. Emmett Brown,Back to the Future]
Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

Except when the role and options attributes are assigned values using their shorthand syntax (. and %, respectively), all other block attributes are typically separated by commas (,).